The winners and losers in Spain’s political deadlock (Santiago Zabala)

After the general elections in December, in which no party managed to obtain a majority to form a government, several political analysts warned that Spain was entering the “rocky life of Italian politics”.

The problem is not simply going to be the instability of coalition governments, which is still evident even in Italy today, but rather whether Spanish politicians are up to the job. Italian politics might have a bad reputation – from corruption scandals to unstable coalitions – but their politicians, formed in the best Machiavellian tradition, have always been able to turn political deadlock into opportunities to consolidate their positions.

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